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Pan/Parapan American Handover Ceremony

BaAM was named Handover Ceremonies Director by the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), as part of the Closing Ceremony for the 2011 Guadalajara Games.  The Ceremony consisted of a protocol-driven segment featuring the official flag handover followed by a culturally-focused creative performance from the next host country. 

The Handover Ceremony was developed through a creative process led by BaAM and involved a cross-section of talented thought-leaders from Canadian arts and culture. BaAM’s artistic and production team brought the concept to life using a combination of athletic and artistic dance and evocative projected imagery – underscored by a soaring original musical score of global harmonies.   

BaAM worked with choreographer Luther Brown, composer Lou Pomanti and projection designer Alexis Laurence of Turbine Studio as well as a talented group of dancers – a team whose backgrounds and styles represent the cultural canvas of Toronto.  For the Pan Am Closing Ceremony, multi-platinum recording artist Florence K sang an emotional rendition of “O Canada” after the Pan Am flag was passed from the President of the Pan American Sports Organization, to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Canadian Federal Minister of Sport Bal Gosal.  The Parapan Am Closing Ceremony featured Justin Hines as the “O Canada” performer and added Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli to the cast of Canadian dancers.

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